Romans SUTA 1896 — 1943
Роман СУТА • Роман СУТА
Romans Suta was born in Cesis vicinity, Latvia in 1896. Painter, graphic artist, decorative and stage designer, art critic and theoretician. Studies at J. Madernieks` Art Studio (1913), Riga Art School (1913-1915), and Penza Art School (1915 -1917). A prominent figure and active protagonist of modernistic trends in Latvian art. Travels to Berlin and Paris, where he made the acquaintance of A. Ozanfant, Le Corbusier, and others. Influenced by Cubism and Constructivism. Member of the Riga Artists` Group (1920-1924) and Riga Graphic Artists` Society. Painted still-life paintings and figural compositions. After the first experiments in Modernism, he turned to a more realistic manner of representation. Initiator and developer of a national constructive style, especially in interior design; founder of Baltars creative workshop for porcelain painting (1924-1928); designer and painter at Kuznetsov`s Porcelain Works and the Glass-Blowing Factory in Ilguciems (Latvia); head of the drawing and painting studio at the public high school (1929-1934) and private art studio (1934-1940). From 1939, he was engaged in film production at the Riga film studio as chief designer (films "Kauguriesi", "Melancholic Waltz"). Suta died In Tbilisi in 1944; rehabilitated posthumously.